MOU to boost organisations
The Fiji Commerce Commission has been urged to develop a memorandum of understanding with the Consumer Council of Fiji to boost their consumer watchdog role. Public Accounts Committee deputy chair Mohammed Dean made the suggestion while receiving submissions from the Commission on their audited reports at Parliament yesterday. Mr Dean had asked if there was a form of MOU between the Commission and the Consumer Council whose work were similar. Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham responded: “While we don’t have a formal written agreement, we do liaise with the manager Consumer Policy of Consumer Council as well as the CEO,” he said. “On a weekly-basis we do get referrals or complaints whenever they do their monitoring or inspection, it is notified to us.” Mr Dean said having a MOU would create a better legal framework in terms of operations between the two entities. “The share of information will also be much more better,” he said.
Mr Dean, however, clarified that this did not undermine the work of the Commission nor the Consumer Council.